Calum Gallagher relishes the challenge of being sent out on loan

Calum Gallagher, courtesy of SNS

If there was bright side to Cowdenbeath’s 5-1 defeat to Hearts, it had to be the fact that Rangers loanee Calum Gallagher managed to open his scoring record for the Blue Brazil.  In a match that saw Hearts dominate possession (62% to 38%), there was a moment of trepidation when Gallagher poked home a rebound off of a Neil Alexander save.

It was fleeting, as Hearts were incredibly efficient in  attack.  Hearts saw 57% of their shots go on target & managed to put five past the Cowdenbeath keeper for an astounding 36% scoring rate.  In comparison, Rangers managed to get just 19% of their 16 shots on target this weekend against Alloa Athletic, with a 6% scoring rate off those shots.

For Gallagher, this continues his strong start on his latest loan stint.  In addition to his goal, he picked up an assist last week’s loss to Hibs.  

Gallagher discussed the importance of making the most of his opportunity with The Courier.  “I’m really enjoying my time at Central Park.”

“I had been at Alloa & East Stirling previously.  I’m slowly progressing up the leagues the same way Rangers seem to be doing.”

“It’s good to challenge yourself doing these things.  It makes it easier when the likes of Marcus Fraser from Celtic & Declan Hughes from St Mirren have come in on loan too.”

Marcus Fraser

“We’re all in the same boat, trying to gain some experience, make some waves for ourselves and pose a question to our parent club.”

“When you’re here, you’re looking to do the best for Cowdenbeath.  That’s our main focus but getting the game time that we wouldn’t get at our parent club is a big aspect.”

“It is encouraging that there is a wee group of us that can keep ourselves focused.”

Now the challenge for Gallagher lies in staying positive after back-to-back losses to the capital city clubs, losses that saw the Blue Brazil lose 8-3 on aggregate.

“We can play.  When things go right we do look good and there is ability in the team.”

“It’s about getting confidence and belief and getting through a full 90 minutes without cutting our arm off.  When we do press and high up the pitch we can cause damage.

Cowdenbeath have yet to notch their first victory this season & are in the basement of the Scottish Championship table.  They have only earned one point so far this season & have a minus 11 goal differential after only six games.

They face off with Queen of the South this weekend – a team that is currently fourth in the standings & have accumulated a ten point lead over Cowdenbeath.

<Scottish Football Stats from BetExplorer>

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